ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that there would be no changes in his starting rotation after the All-Star break."We plan on starting Holland the first day in Seattle," Washington said. "The same five guys we got now will be coming out of the break." That means that Holland will take the mound on Thursday, followed by Colby Lewis, C.J. Wilson and Matt Harrison in order against the Mariners in Seattle to finish off the weekend.
The Rangers have an off-day next Monday, before starting a three-game series against the Angels, which will allow Washington to build in an extra day of rest for Lewis. Newly minted All-Star Alexi Ogando will start the opener against the Halos, followed by back-to-back left-handers Holland and Wilson, both pitching on the usual five days' rest. Ogando could work in the All-Star Game, but his last first-half start was on July 6, meaning that he will be working on either six days' rest if he appears in the Midsummer Classic or 12 if he does not."Both C.J. and Holland will get LA, but we'll bring C.J. back since he chose Saturday, and he'll come back on five, and that will put him on the last day, the 21st." The announcement of the team staying with the same rotation means that Scott Feldman is unlikely to join it when he is activated. His rehabilitation stint ends on Thursday, and the Rangers have to either activate him or designate him for assignment. In all likelihood, when Feldman returns, he will at join the bullpen. That means that Holland has successfully staved off a move to the bullpen. Washington insisted that Holland's four-hit shutout on Friday night did nothing to help his case for staying in the rotation, because Washington was already planning to stick with the young left-hander. "I wasn't having Holland pitch for his spot," Washington said. "I don't think I ever wavered in my confidence in Holland. Did he need to do that for Holland? Yes, he certainly did. Did he need to do that for Ron Washington? No. I'm not out there on that mound, so he has to do that for Holland." Holland has struggled at times this season, allowing five or more runs in seven of his 18 starts.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.